Thomas's Story

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After an arduous and stubborn battle with cancer, Thomas David Moore died on March 4, 2017 in Traverse City at the age of 81.
He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Moore; and their beloved children, David Moore (Diana), of Lake Forest, Illinois, Natalie Brown (Bill), of Traverse City, and Rebecca Moore (Bob), of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Tom was born on Feb. 18, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the late Leslie and Sophie Moore. He grew up with his brother, Jim (Sherry), and his sister, Virginia (the late Brent Lillian).
In college Tom excelled in science and math and graduated from Ripon College with a degree in physics. He then went on to attend and graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering. Later he received Master of Engineering Sciences degree from Penn State University. His education led Tom to interesting jobs in various states throughout the country, and he finally landed in Traverse City in 1967.
Tom fell in love with northern Michigan, where he was able to easily indulge in his love for the outdoors, which included fishing and hunting (and catching "high-speed racing turtles"). Together Tom and MaryAnn met many wonderful friends who became their "Traverse City family."
Tom tended to be quiet and MaryAnn to be social - theirs was a marriage of opposites - Tom was a conservative while MaryAnn remains a staunch liberal. Their love for each other and for their children and grandchildren, the laughter shared with friends and the joy of living in a beautiful place together made their marriage a strong and enduring union.
Tom will be remembered as a remarkable fisherman (and the jovial host of many famous fish boils), an ethical hunter, a world traveler, a skilled contractor, a good friend and the best father and grandfather.
He leaves behind eight grandchildren, Tom Moore, Henry Moore, Benjamin Brown, Maddy Moore, Allyson Brown, Gabby Moore, Nate Bowers and Eleanor Bowers; and numerous grand dogs and grand cats.
Never one for the spotlight, Tom would be uncomfortable with too much praise, so we leave it to those who knew him to remember and honor him in their own ways.
A memorial is set for April 15 in Traverse City at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers and in Tom's memory, please send donations to Dig Deep for Leland Harbor to help ensure one of his favorite fishing marinas remains open for years to come.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on March 12, 2017
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